Tim Thomas recorded his first shutout of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs Thursday night as the Boston Bruins blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0.
The Bruins got goals from David Krejci and former Calgary Flame Andrew Ference in the shutout win to take a 2-1 series lead.
Another area of strength for Boston in game three was in the faceoff circle. Krejci and Patrice Bergeron combined to win 31 of 46 draws.
Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien was highly praised for outcoaching Guy Boucher, but I think the players had more to do with the win in game three.
Thomas was by far the best Bruin in this one. He rebounded nicely after struggling in game two where he gave up five goals. Still, Thomas did get some luck from his goalposts throughout the evening, and weathered a first period storm where the Lightning outshot the Bruins 10-8 and a third period domination where Tampa Bay outshot Boston 15-5.
Game four of the series is Saturday morning at 11:30am Mountain Time on NBC.